WHO IS A VETERAN?
Definition of a Veteran:
For the purposes of most VA health benefits and services, a veteran is anyone who served on active military duty and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Under certain circumstances, the dependents or survivors of a veteran may qualify for benefits as well.
In general, active military service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Under the law, active duty does not normally include attendance at a school under military orders, or normal military training as a reserve officer or member of a reserve or National Guard unit. However, members of a reserve or National Guard unit that is called to active duty under presidential orders (also known as being “activated” or “federalized”) may be eligible for benefits.
DC Veterans Resource Guide